Hi there Loves2Laugh. It sounds as though you are doing too much to manage your hair. Specifically I believe that you are having problems because you
are cowashing and not removing the build up from your hair with a
clarifying shampoo. Cowashing can cause product build up and this can
make your hair feel dry especially when you try to add more product in
order to counteract the dryness. I know some people prefer to cowash
their hair instead of shampooing and that's ok but it isn't for
everybody. I believe in your case you will need to re-evaluate why you are
cowashing your hair since it appears to be part of the problem.
order to correct the situation I would say you should revamp your
regimen to include shampooing even if it is only to remove build up from
time to time. Here is a list of some things that your may want to
consider:1. Shampoo your hair with a clarifying shampoo to remove build up
. The excessive dryness should stop and your hair should be able to moisturize properly once the build up is gone. If you do not want to use a clarifying shampoo then you may want to do an apple cider vinegar rinse (ACV) at least once a month and remove the build up that way.2. You are over moisturizing your hair by baggying it too often.
You need moisture but not that much. Too much moisture without protein will weaken your hair to the point of breaking. Perhaps reserve baggying for when you deep condition and make that about once or twice a week. Like with cowashing baggying isn't for everybody.
3. Protein is necessary for healthy hair.
Whether you are receiving protein trough your diet, add it to your hair or both you still need protein. Maintaining the proper moisture-protein balance
in your hair will stop the breakage and dryness. Even though you have said that you hair is protein sensitive I feel that once you remove the build up you should be able to do a protein treatment with success. This should workout as long as you give your hair the proper amount of protein when you need it. We all have limits to how much protein our hair can handle at one time. Too much protein will cause breakage because it will build up in the hair making it brittle and then break off. Moisturizing your hair will keep your hair supple while the protein strengthens it. Another reason why your hair will not moisturize properly is because protein is necessary to allow the hair strands to absorb moisture. You cannot have moisture without protein and you need moisture in order for the protein to work effectively. Try doing a light protein treatment like Aphogee 2 Minute Reconstructor or Aubry Organics GPB Conditioner once every 2 weeks to once a month. The frequency of which you will need these treatments will depend upon how often you cowash and moisturize your hair. The more you moisturize the more often you will need to add protein.4. You may need to shampoo your hair regularly.
If you are experiencing itching when you apply products to your hair that may be because the cowashing is not removing the bacteria from your scalp. The only time I have ever had an itchy scalp was when I did not keep my scalp/hair clean. If I added oils or certain products to my hair my scalp would itch like crazy. Now that I wash my hair twice a week and make sure that my scalp is clean I don't experience itching anymore. If you do not want to shampoo your hair then consider using a cleansing conditioner as opposed to a regular one. These conditioners have surfactants (detergents) that are designed to cleanse without stripping your hair. As I am Coconut Cowash is a good one that I have used but it's has left my hair feeling dry. I have found that I need to deep condition after using it but it does clean very well. The objective is to apply cleansing products to your scalp and roots as well as your hair. It's easy to add product to your hair and think that the scalp is covered but sometimes it is not. Try making a conscious effort in directly applying cleansing products to your scalp. You can do this by washing your hair in sections so that you can apply the product easier.5. Growth aids are not really necessary at this point.
Right now you have to find the source of your problem and correct it in order to allow your hair to grow healthier. Using growth aids without clearing up these issues may prove to be futile. A solid foundation of diet and healthy hair practices are necessary before any growth aids can benefit you. You don't have to be on a DIET but try to eat more wholesome, unprocessed foods instead of junk food and take out if that is your thing. Eating better quality food will nourish your hair and help it grow faster than when it is not being properly nourished. Also a poor diet deficient in protein and other nutrients will make your hair weaker and more susceptible to breakage and falling out.Things you can do to help yourself get started:
-First get your regimen down, washing, cowashing and all that so that you are able to moisturize your hair and stop the breakage. -
Next work out your protein usage. Remember to start out slow and then increase the number of protein treatments as needed. -
Third other growth aids may not be necessary. The oils that are in your current regimen have already been proven to affect hair growth and quality. Olive oil, grapeseed oil and almond oil have been said to increase growth rates (with in a person's genetic limitations of course). Almond and olive oil are particularly good at strengthening hair and stopping excessive shedding. Coconut oil moisturizes, softens and works as and excellent prepoo treatment to prevent dry hair after shampooing. Experiment with them and choose the ones that suit you best and apply them once to twice a week making sure to get it on your roots and scalp where they will work best.
That's all for now. Constructing a good regimen takes time and practice. You may be doing a lot of trial and error before you get it right but you will get there. A few important points that will help you on your way.
-Always use moisturizing products before you use protein ie. wash with a moisturizing sulfate free shampoo before doing a protein treatment. Do this especially after you clarify or do an ACV rinse. This will help your hair uptake moisture better.
-When you do a protein treatment follow it up with a deep conditioner. If you use Aubry Organics GPB conditioner then this won't be necessary but it is with necessary with Aphogee products. Some protein products will also moisurize your hair at the same time while others will not. You may not know which one until you use it.
-Maintain moisture throughout the week up until wash day. This means moisturizing and sealing with oils/ baggying or what ever you use daily to keep the level of moisture in your hair until it is time to wash again. If you plan to continue cowashing then you may not need to do much but if you do shampoo then make sure that whatever you do your hair does not become dried out. Dryness makes it harder for your hair to become re-moisturized. Keeping a steady level of moisture in the hair will prevent dryness on wash day and maintain moisture in the future.
-Finally if you choose to use shampoo stick to a sulfate free shampoo unless you are going to clarify your hair. Sulfate shampoos can be drying over time which can make it harder to keep your hair moisturized. Try to avoid them if you can (with the exception of clarifying shampoos). Sulfate free shampoos will help you retain moisture better. If you use a clarifying shampoo use that one first then wash with a sulfate free one right after it to add the moisture back to your hair and remove any sulfate residue left behind.
Whew that was a lot to type!
These are the things I do to help me combat dryness and breakage. I hope it works out as well for you as it is for me.